Arizona HOA Laws

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Last Week was the Deadline for Bills to Pass their Committee

As of last week, bills must have passed their committee of origin in order to proceed. AAM has the list of HOA related bills that have made it through the committee along with those that are now considered dead.

Eight HOA Bills Pending

There are now eight bills pending involving HOAs that we are currently tracking. The newer bills are at the top and highlighted in blue followed by status and possible short commentary. As these bills make their way through various committees we will let you know so that you will hopefully have an opportunity to contact your legislators to voice your opinion. SB1482, HB2570, HB2556, HB2027, HB1151, SB1184, SB1197, SB 1334

Week 4 HOA Related Bills

As we enter the fourth week of the 2014 session, we are approaching the deadline for bills to be introduced in their respective houses. Once introduced, these bills are assigned to the various committees for review. There are currently four bills that have been introduced that we are monitoring related to homeowners associations. Recaps of the bill are as follow:

  • HB 2027
    Allows for owners in an age restricted community (active adult community) to drive golf carts or neighborhood electric vehicles on paved roads.  However, this would only apply to communities in unincorporated parts of large counties like Maricopa. For the communities that AAM currently manages, this will have an impact since our associations are located in incorporated area of the counties.
  • SB 1151
    Municipalities would not be allowed to prohibit a resident in a single-family detached home to keep fowl (chickens or other bird raised for food) in the backyard of the property. The city would however be allowed to restrict the number. This legislation would pre-empt local laws that are contrary.
  • SB 1184
    An extended definition of the planned community definition.
  • SB 1197
    Would prohibit gated and/or guarded communities from restricting the entry of process servers. Additionally the guard (if any) cannot “announce” to an owner that the process server has entered the association to serve that owner.

2014 Arizona Legislative Session Started

The 2014 Arizona Legislative Session started on Monday, January 13th and will run 100 days in regular session, with a projected closing of May 1. This year, over 600 bills have already been introduced and many will be “dropped” before introduction deadlines are reached. AAM will track those bills pertinent to our industry and keep you, as board members apprised. While only a handful of bills touching our industry are on the table, we expect many more to develop in the coming weeks.

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HOA Related Bills

SB1151   2/13  Passed Senate;
                         transmitted to the House
SB1184   2/20 Passed Senate;
                         transmitted to the House
SB1197   1/28  Dead
SB1334   2/20  Failed first Senate; 
                        “reconsidered" 2/27 and
                         passed Senate
               2/28  Transmitted to the House
SB1471    2/5  Passed Senate Judiciary,
                         on to Senate Rules
SB1482   2/27  Senate Government &
                         Environment
HB2027   2/25  Passed Senate
                         Transportation
                         Committee
HB2141   2/27  Awaiting House vote
HB2570            Dead
HB2556            Dead
HB2597            Dead
HB2695     3/3  House Rules Committee

2014 Key Dates:
2/21   Last day to hear Bills in originating
          committees
3/21   Last day to hear Bills in alternate
          committees
4/18   Last day for conference
          committees
4/22   Last day of regular session

If introduced in the House of Representatives, the bill begins with HB. If introduced in the Senate, the bill begins with SB.   Please note that the bill sponsors are listed on the cover of each bill under “Introduced by”.

To check the status of a bill, go to http://www.azleg.gov and in the top right hand corner of the home page type in the applicable bill (e.g. HB2460) and hit enter.   The next page that appears will give you a bill overview, a list of the sponsors, the bill versions and the applicable calendar for the bill’s journey through the legislative process.